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McKellips, Art

On my father's side my father Arthur Leonard McKellips was a McDonnell of Keppock and a Mac Larewn on his mother's side.  My ancestor Samuel McKillip, along with his brother David McKillip, arrived in America and settled in Vermont.  They joined the "Green Mountain Boys," who originally were formed to protect Vermont settler's from Indians, French and BRITISH land grabber's out of New York.   I had heard that the good British citizens of Boston , prior to this, had been warned that a ship load of hostile Scottish Highlander's were do to arrive. They wrung their collective soft little hands muttering Woe!, Oh Woe! We need defense against the hostile Indians. and we get this mess?   They counted not the PRIDE of the Highlanders who wouldn't have spit on British soil, for when the gang plank was lowered, off came a Piper, Skirling a Battle tune, followed by a horde of Plaid Clad Highlanders, looking neither right nor left, but  eyes straight ahead, who marched through town and disappeared into the forest, leaving a pack of gape jawed Englishmen standing in their amazement along the route.  I have long assumed my ancestor and his brother were in this batch of immigrants.

When the Green Mountain Boys heard that a Continental Congress had convened and that a possibility of war  might exist soon with the Chubby  German as King, why the Green Mountain Boys quite naturally marched and seized Fort Ticonderoga, then proceeded to haul the cannon back to Breed's Hill ( Bunker Hill ) in Charelstown, across the water from Boston.  They should have left couple of cannon and loaded more Gun-Powder on the sleds..  My ancestors fought in four battles in the following war and were in the Who's Who of Vermont.  David wounded a number of times.

My Mother was the Grand-daughter of Joshua Morris of Missouri, who's last wife was an OSAGE Indian, passing for white because of the discrimination against the children.  Hr is buried at "Painted Rock", Missouri, a n Indian burial Grounds, his wife Rainy , I believe is buried in Oklahoma.  My Grandmother married James Collins who apparently held citizenship in the Cherokee Nation.  My Mother Gladys Collins McKellips married my father Arthur L. McKellips, settling in  Everett, Washington.   I claim my Indian Blood from her Osage background !  Yours Aye, Art McKellips.

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